Liverpool’s three victories over English Premier League (EPL) champions Manchester City last season do not mean they have their rivals’ number, manager Juergen Klopp said, ahead of Sunday’s clash between the pair at Anfield.
Liverpool beat City 4-3 in a EPL thriller in January before enjoying a 3-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
At City’s Etihad Stadium, Klopp’s side won 2-1 in the return leg but the German doesn’t want to read much into those results.
“We beat City three times last season and not once after any of those games did we go into the dressing room and think ‘now we know how to beat them’,” said the Liverpool manager.
“We have to be spot on, on our best to keep them away from our goal and create chances in front of our goal.
“They have my respect, for sure. It will be hard work, no problem with that, everybody knows it.”
While the pair are level on 19 points at the top of the table, Klopp does not view the game as a title battle.
“I don’t think it makes too much sense at the moment to think about the title, but it’s a home game against Man City and it’s tough. Man City is always tough, even when we won 3-0 in the Champions League.
“In the 4-3 they were really good. They never gave up even at 4-1 down,” he said.
The Reds lost to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday and after a draw at Chelsea in the EPL and the home loss to the London club in the League Cup, Liverpool have gone three games without a win.
Klopp says the losing feel can help his team focus on the challenge of beating City.
“We want to show a reaction. I didn’t want to lose at Napoli but if you ask the best preparation mood wise, it’s losing a game. We felt it now, we don’t want to have that feeling again,” he said.
Midfielder Naby Keita is an injury doubt for Sunday’s game although his back injury is not as bad as initially feared.
“He had a back spasm and so we have to wait a little bit. He will be in today. If he can do something on the training ground, I don’t know.
“Tomorrow (Saturday), we have to decide. It didn’t look too serious so there’s a chance.”
Rabiu Yadudu Becomes New FAAN Managing Director
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, have gotten a newly appointed Managing Director, Rabiu Yadudu. Following the appointment by President Mohammadu Buhari, the Deputy Director for Press and Public Affairs of the Ministry of Transportation, James Odaudu revealed this on Monday in Abuja, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
The newly appointed Managing Director is preceded by Saleh Dunoma. Mr. Rabiu happened to be an accredited airport pratitioner in Airport Council International, ACI and International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO. He as well certified in Air Transport Systems, Airport Safety Management Systems and Avionics. Mr. Rabiu is formarly the Director of FAAN before his appointment as the Managing Director.
FG Talks On May 2019 As Public Holiday As Democracy Moves To June 12
The Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed announced on Monday in Abuja during a world press conference that there would be a public holidays on 29th of May and 12th of June, 2019, NIGERIA NEWS reports
The Minister said that Presidential inauguration is on the track and the press conference set a preparation ground to make the day a remarkable one. The Democracy day would set on the 12th of June as the new democracy day while 29th of May would be the Presidential Inauguration Day.
Lai Mohammed further speaks concerning the two days as follows:
“On the issue of Public Holiday, I believe that 29th May is Public Holiday. Of course June 12, you can see the National Assembly. The National Assembly has also proclaimed it a national holiday.”
“Activities leading to the inauguration of Mr. President officially kick off today with this media conference and will be followed on Tuesday by the commencement of a three-day National Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Summit.”
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